Bell CH-146 Griffon - Canada - 1/72 Scale Diecast Helicopter Model by Amercom

$ 26.99

1:72 Scale  Diecast metal and plastic parts – Bell CH-146 Griffon - Length: 8.5" (from tip tail to tip of rotor at the front)  Rotor span: 7.5”

A stand where the model can be attached for display is included. The display stand has the model's info such as country, flag and scale.

The blades for the main rotor need to be attached. Although they are supposed to be snap/friction fit, it seems that it will be better is a tiny (very tiny) drop of super glue is applied just to keep things secure. The assembly for the rotor and the blades a very fragile, so one needs to be very careful when attaching the blades since it is very easy to bend things out of shape or break.

These helicopter models are really not toys, they are not made to be played with. They will not last long if played with. Moreover, these models are made to look realistic and faithful to the real thing, so little parts like landing gears, skies, weapons, pods and antennas are made from small parts and are very fragile.

The maker of the model, Amercom, really did a good job with the model, the diecast metal construction feels quite heavy. The metal seems too be more rigid and thicker than comparable 1/72 scale models. The panel lines and details are very clear and crisp.What really caught my attention, however, is the way the markings and coloring are done. 

These models come in what could be described as a disposable blister pack (sandwiched between two transparent plastic shells and then glued/attached to a piece of cardboard with the branding info. There is really nothing spectacular about the packaging, but at the end, the packaging is supposed to be disposable and with the sole function protecting the model, which it does very well.

Unlike bigger models, there is nothing to assemble for these models. All weapons and fuel tanks are already attached to the model. One just needs to open the pack and display it (or play with it).

The Bell CH-146 Griffon is a multi-use utility helicopter of the Huey family, designed by Bell Helicopter Textron as a variant for the Canadian Armed Forces of the Bell 412EP. The CH-146 is used in a wide variety of roles, including aerial firepower, reconnaissance, search and rescue and aero-mobility tasks.[1]

It has a crew of three, can carry up to 10 troops and has a cruising speed of 220–260 km/h (120–140 kn; 140–160 mph)